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Ksenia Ivanova

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About Ksenia
Ksenia Ivanova is a documentary photographer from Russia, based in Saint-Petersburg. Ksenia works with The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, GEO France, Der Spiegel, Le Monde etc. In the photography, her main interest is focused on social problems and trauma. 

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Discreetly, and at peril, Russian volunteers help Ukrainian refugees

25 Feb 2023  |  www.pressherald.com
Thousands of displaced Ukrainians in Russia rely on a discreet network of unofficial volunteers to reach safety in Europe. These volunteers, facing significant risks from Russian security forces, provide essential aid and transportation. The Russian government has cracked down on civil society, targeting both official and unofficial volunteer groups. Volunteers like Veronika Timakina and Irina Gurskaya have faced persecution for their efforts. Despite the dangers, these volunteers continue their work, driven by a sense of duty and hope for a better future.

Panic, Bribes, Ditched Cars and a Dash on Foot: Portraits of Flight From Russia

01 Oct 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Amidst President Vladimir V. Putin's recent draft order to bolster the Russian army, over 200,000 Russians, primarily young men, have fled the country. Many have endured long drives, bribed police, and crossed the border on foot to escape conscription. The Kremlin has intensified border controls to prevent draft-eligible men from leaving. Photographer Ksenia Ivanova documented the stories of these individuals, highlighting their fears, divided families, and opposition to the war in Ukraine.

Made photo story for The Washington Post about The World Cup fans on the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia.

For The Washington Post made photos and video of the ballet dancers of the Mikhailovsky Theater in self-isolation in St. Petersburg: incredible Andrea Lassakova and Adrian Blake Mitchell, who are in love with each other and in Russian ballet.

In Putin’s Standoff With Navalny, Many Russians Put Faith in President

28 Sep 2021  |  WSJ
The article discusses the anticipated protests in various Russian cities in support of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny has become a central figure in rallying public dissatisfaction with President Vladimir Putin's extended tenure in power. While Navalny's efforts have sparked a significant protest movement, the article also notes that Putin retains a substantial base of support among the Russian populace. This support is attributed to a combination of trust in Putin's leadership, fear of the unknown regarding political change, and disapproval of Navalny and his methods.

Made photos and text with Kyrre Lien about the production and distribution of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V for the Verdens Gang. Despite the high numbers of daily new coronavirus cases, the majority of Russians are still reluctant to get vaccinated.












At that moment, I realized that I was happy. How women in Dagestan allowed themselves to play football

12 Aug 2021  |  Такие Дела
Girls who want to play football face misunderstanding worldwide, but in Dagestan, one of Russia's most patriarchal republics, the pressure on female football players from family and society is unprecedented. Despite this, organized women's football has emerged in Dagestan, thanks to Elmira Ibragimova.

In Putin’s Standoff With Navalny, Many Russians Put Faith in President

20 Apr 2021  |  WSJ
Thousands of demonstrators are expected to protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has sparked widespread discontent with President Vladimir Putin's long rule. Despite this, many Russians continue to support Putin, either due to trust in his leadership, fear of political change, or disapproval of Navalny and his movement.

A Russian cancer surgeon battled the disease and the stigma associated with it

17 Feb 2021  |  Washington Post
Russian oncology surgeon Andrey Pavlenko, diagnosed with Stage 3 stomach cancer in March 2018, publicly addressed issues in Russia's oncological care system, cancer treatment myths, and patient stigmatization. Despite establishing an oncology school and a media grant for cancer education, Pavlenko succumbed to his illness on January 5, 2020. His advocacy made him a prominent figure among cancer fighters in Russia. Photojournalist Ksenia Ivanova documented his journey from April 2018 until his death.

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